Attention quickly turned to what might be next for this prime two-level retail space.
The first suspect! Facebook.
Zuck and Co. have had offices at 770 Broadway since 2014 — and in fact, they lease half of the 15-floor building. They took over Kmart's former upstairs in 2018.
Seems likely a likely takeover candidate for landlord Vornado Realty Trust.
The Commercial Observer reported this yesterday:
Facebook is in no rush to expand its footprint. Only a quarter of its New York City offices currently have workers in them, and the tech company does not have plans to rent the building's lower floors that housed Kmart, a Facebook spokeswoman said. Vornado declined to comment about the future of its Astor Place site.
Otherwise, other rental candidates — via EVG commenters — included Wegmans and Target
and EV Grieve's — a two-level gastropub-drinkery.
Target seems unlikely — especially if they are leasing the former Food Emporium on Union Square.
To be continued...
H/T Upper West Sider! Photo by Stacie Joy